Wildlife TV Presenter
Steve Backshall is a BAFTA-winning English naturalist, writer and television presenter, best known for BBC TV's Deadly 60. His other BBC work includes being part of the expedition teams in Lost Land of the Tiger, Lost Land of the Volcano and Lost Land of the Jaguar. He has worked for the National Geographic Channel and the Discovery Channel, has published three novels for children and several non-fiction works.
An all-round action man and larger-than-life individual, Steve has been a powerful voice for sharks and rays for many years, particularly in changing people’s mindsets behind their unfortunate reputation, and raising awareness of the fisheries threatening them with extinction.
Conservationist, Cinematographer & Shark Ambassador
Valerie Taylor is a renowned conservationist, shark expert, and iconic cinematographer and competitive spearfisher. Together with her late husband, Ron Taylor, the pair helped open the world’s eyes to the wonders of marine life, particularly sharks. They were the first people to film great white sharks without the protection of a cage. They’ve created and helped produce various films and TV series over the years, including Shark Hunter, the American feature film, Blue Water, White Death, and assisting Steven Spielberg to work on Jaws.
Roger Munns is an Emmy and BAFTA award-winning cameraman. He was one of the principal cameramen on Blue Planet II and has worked extensively on other landmark BBC natural history productions such as Life, Life Story and Life in Cold Blood.
Roger has been a friend and vocal supporter of the Manta Trust for many years, even before becoming an official patron.
Polar & Underwater Cameraman / Photographer
Doug Allan is a Scottish wildlife and documentary cameraman and award-winning photographer. As the recipient of the Fuchs Medal and the Polar Medal (twice), no other cameramen is as experienced filming in polar regions as Doug – whether on the ice or diving under it. He has won countless awards for his photography, on programmes including The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet and Frozen Planet.
Like all of our longest-standing patrons, Doug has championed the Manta Trust and its work for many years, and we’re fortunate to have him as a patron and conservation ally.